Louisiana Department of Transportation

Louisiana officials say there is small progress being made in getting a new bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. The Capital Area Road and Bridge District (CARBD), a seven-member panel, met Sept. 28 to get an update from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on what first steps have been taken and about the potential economic impact of a new bridge.

Contractors, equipment dealers and the heavy equipment they provide are infrastructure's first responders when natural disasters hit. When Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph., its destructive path reached the eastern Gulf Coast and made its way as far north as Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In the wake of a train derailment on April 24, repair crews in Shreveport, La., have been standing by to fix and strengthen a key vehicle overpass damaged during the accident. The affected bridge carries traffic along northbound Louisiana Route 1, also known as Spring Street.

Hurricane Harvey caused extensive damage in Texas and Louisiana during August 2017, including major devastation to the Vernon Lake dam and spillway in Vernon, La., which is the subject of a $1 million Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) repair project.

The third phase of a much-needed, long overdue project to widen Louisiana's Interstate 10 in Lafayette and St. Martin's parishes got under way in November. It's part of a $300 million project ongoing since 2017. The freight corridor has seen a large increase in traffic in recent years, driven by a healthy economy and significant tourism, according to Louisiana Department of Transportation spokesman Rodney Mallett.

A $176 million project that began in 2014 is inching closer to completion in north Caddo Parish, La. Construction on I-49 North Segment K is being performed in two phases, based on the size and scope of the assignment. “Work to construct this entirely new section of I-49 north is necessary because I-49 currently is not a complete corridor,” said Erin Buchanan, public information officer, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LA DOTD) District 04.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced a contract to widen I-10 has been signed, and the notice to proceed has been issued, Aug. 16. The $72 million project, which has been contracted to James Construction Group LLC, will widen the road from four lanes to six east of Highland Road to the LA 73 interchange and will replace the LA 42 overpass structures.